One of my favorite movies of recent memory and probably also a guilty pleasure. Godzilla: King of the Monsters was a movie I was looking forward too, but my expectations were tempered since I knew that the first film had some room for improvement. The best thing about this movie is that I stayed away from most marketing outside of maybe one trailer, so I didn’t really know what kind of sequel I was going to get. The worst decision I made was that I didn’t go see this movie in theatres. I was supposed to, but something came up and I ended up passing on it and forgetting about it until it was released on digital. Watching this movie for the first time I fell in love with it and watching it for this review was something I was looking forward to.
King of the Monsters is my most recent frequently watched movie. I think of all of the movies that have come out in the last few years. I have most watched the new Star Wars films and then this one. I will not sit here and tell you that it’s the best movie of all time because it’s not, however, this is one of my favorite movies of the last few years for a few reasons. The first of which is that they absolutely out everything out on the table with this movie and said screw it and went all the way.
What I mean by this is that the first movie felt a little more reserved by not showing us Godzilla as much and having just bland villains. This movie though goes full blown balls to the wall with action and fun. We get way more Godzilla than in the first film, but that’s only made better with villains that are equally as awesome on screen. We got the lame MUTO’s in the first film that I didn’t want to see on screen ever again, but this time we also got Mothra. On top of that we got Rodan, but to make it even better as if that wasn’t enough, we got Ghidorah, the three headed lightning dragon.
There are plenty of other monsters that are shown in this film, but those four are the ones that make up the majority of the action in the film. Visually too the battles are all top of the line magnificent to watch. Now I’m sure there are people out there that will say I’m wrong because a lot of the film took place in the dark or maybe didn’t look as good to them, but for me I love it. I love that I get to see mega sized monsters just duke it out with the earth as their stage.
Now like all movies, it take some time for the action to really start to build up. I was invested in the beginning of the film and all of the human actors that were involved the first time around, but seeing what I eventually get in the movie makes me not care so much about them anytime I watch it now. With that said, the beginning isn’t too bad and is really highlighted by Millie Bobby Brown, Kyle Chandler, and Vera Farmiga. Now, they really don’t have that much to do and I don’t quite understand certain motivations and decisions that are made, but I soon forget about that when we finally get to see Ghidorah awaken in the Arctic.
It’s at that moment that this movie turns into a monster disaster end of the word type movie where it’s just Godzilla vs the dragon. The rest of the movie isn’t very layered with symbolism or imagery or hidden meanings, but rather it explores the lore of the monsters and the lore of Godzilla. I do very much enjoy the world building that we get to see since it seems they’re trying to expand this monsterverse into something more.
I won’t say that the writing or directing are particularly great, but I also don’t watch this movie for either of those since it does its job of giving me what I want out of it. The one thing that I did notice as being consistent with this film as well as with the first Godzilla and Kong: Skull Island is the perspectives we get to see. By that I mean that we continue to have our ground level human perspective of not just the action, but also the creatures themselves. On top of that, this movie is very much and end of the world disaster movie like 2012 or some others. Because of that, we get to see destructive like moments from the human perspective.
One of the most unique instances of this is when Rodan awakens from the volcano and swoops over the city. As he does we see the building burns from his presence as well as the people being blown away from each gust of a wingbeat. It’s truly impressive. Everything up to the point of Godzilla being nuked to gain strength again is already the best I have seen in any of these monster movies, but it’s the final battle the really is the icing on the cake. Godzilla and Ghidorah duke it out in Boston and battle for the ages. The only thing to top it visually was when Godzilla goes full nuclear. His presence is melting buildings away and is the ultimate downfall of the three headed dragon. It’s a moment that instantly got me as excited as I was during any of the most recent Star Wars films.
As a whole, I was eating up every single bit of this movie. Mostly though with the action and any time I got to see Godzilla face off against another monster. This isn’t one of the greatest movies of all time, but it would make my list of top 20 favorite movies. I would consider it a guilty pleasure given that not many people went to go see it and not everyone liked it as much as I did. It’s a guilty pleasure that I will watch again and again and love every time. I think that the only chance of it being beaten out as my number one guilty pleasure is if Kong vs. Godzilla is even better which it could be.
I won’t recommend this for everyone because I’m sure I may be one of the biggest fans of this film, but it really is a fantastic fun movie that I think everyone should at least give a shot. If you’ve seen this movie and you have comments or questions then be sure to comment below or email us at TowerCityMedia@gmail.com and be sure to follow us @TowerCityMedia